Ocean County Press Release
WARETOWN – In honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders along with the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, are hosting a free concert featuring the Power House Big Band.

The Power House Big Band will be playing music and wartime songs associated with the end of the war, during the event that is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11 at Wells Mills County Park, 905 Wells Mills Road, here.

The concert will be in an outdoor tent, guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Furthermore, masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.

"Ocean County takes great pride in all of our veterans. We have been acknowledging the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with various events," said Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, Chairwoman of Cultural and Heritage Commission and Ocean County Parks and Recreation. "I invite our residents to join us at the park for this concert. It's a special tribute to the men and women that served during World War II."

Ocean County played various roles in World War II. For example, soon after the United States entered World War II in December 1941, Lakehurst, New Jersey became home to the first Airship Patrol Group to use blimps to patrol for German submarines. In May 1943, the Naval Airship Training Command was established to conduct Lighter-than-Air training programs.

In addition, nearly 1,000 of the famed N3N "Yellow Peril" airplanes were built at Navy Lakehurst before and during World War II. A total of 1,407 airplanes of six types were produced during World War II, as were 1,300 aircraft engines.

"This event is a wonderful way to thank all the heroes who fought for the Stars and Stripes but also lets us honor the World War II veterans who helped defeat evil," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "Ocean County is home to 40,000 veterans. They are all worthy of our eternal gratitude and so many who served in World War II are truly part of America's Greatest Generation."

For more information about the concert, contact the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission at 732-929-4779.

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